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  • On The Island is one of my all-time favorite books
  • I enjoyed every single thing about it and it's simply too amazing to describe, but I'll try
  • I can't lie when I tell you that yes, the age difference is a big thing, it was the first book that I've ever read where the leading characters had some sort of age difference, especially with the girl being the oldest, I thought maybe it was gonna be a bit weird and that I wasn't gonna really like it, but I did, this book had no weirdness at all, it was simply beautiful
  • There were times in the book that I felt helpless, that I cried with those characters and lost hope like they started doing, but also like them, I found that hope again
  • So worth reading, you won't regret it at all


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      On The Island is one of my all-time favorite books. The first time I read it, I just fell in love. I enjoyed every single thing about it and it’s simply too amazing to describe, but I’ll try!

      This story is about an English teacher, Anna, who is hired in a dream job, which is giving classes to a boy in their family vacation house on the Maldives Islands. Working in paradise? Hell, yes! T.J. is a seventeen year old boy in his first year of cancer remission. Anna and T.J. are on the plane on their way to the Maldives, when the pilot has a heart attack, making them crash in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Luckily, they survive, with


      their life vests helping them through shark infested waters until they get to a deserted island, where they have to learn to survive the multiple things that could happen in the wild life, like thunder storms, the dangers of the ocean and worrying about T.J.’s health, but they also get to know each other, and in all the days, weeks and months they spend together, slowly find themselves being in love.

      I can’t lie when I tell you that yes, the age difference is a big thing, it was the first book that I’ve ever read where the leading characters had some sort of age difference, especially with the girl being the oldest, I thought maybe it was gonna be a bit weird and that I wasn’t gonna really like it, but I did, this book had no weirdness at all, it was simply beautiful! Too gorgeous and inspiring! Addictive! I mean it, once you start reading it, you just can’t stop until you get to the end. It’s crazy.

      T.J.’s character grows and matures On The Island. We see him as a teenager at first, but we also see him becoming an adult. We see him change from a skinny boy with no muscles to a big man with long shoulder-length hair, but always in fear of his cancer coming back. We also see Anna trying to be the rock that keeps them afloat in that place that either of them are accustomed to,


      • On The Island, novel by Tracey Garvis Graves
      she’s the rational one, but is inspiring to see how little by little she starts loosening up, starts to realize that no matter how much you fight with your feelings, they always can find the way to show themselves and fight for what they want, no matter all your efforts.

      There were times in the book that I felt helpless, that I cried with those characters and lost hope like they started doing, but also like them, I found that hope again. Tracey made such real characters that you couldn’t help to feel incredibly close to them, to just want to protect them at get them out of there, but they learn so much about life and each other, that the journey

      is incredibly satisfying at the end. There were also pretty funny moments with T.J. (my favorite ones always involved Chicken, which I think was my favorite character, crazy but truth), moments that made me sigh and put a stupid smile on my face, and of course moments where I was biting my nails in worry.

      On The Island was a truly amazing book, one that no other author could’ve accomplished, but Tracey did it and she did it damned well. I really recommend this, one of my lifetime favorites. At first you imagine something like The Blue Lagoon, and it certainly has a feel to it, but at the same time completely different. So worth reading, you won’t regret it at all.




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